A chiropractic adjustment performed by our licensed Tulsa Chiropractor is a very specific procedure applied at a certain velocity and angle in order to correct a misalignment of the spinal vertebrae. It often takes several adjustments, in series, to relieve pain, restore joint function, and prevent future reoccurrence. How many adjustments it takes to achieve that goal depends on a few things, including the health status and age of the patient, the severity of the injury, and whether the pain is new or a chronic problem.
Health status and age have a lot to do with how quickly your body heals. Let's face it, as we get older, cells don't regenerate as quickly, so all healing takes longer. But, the good news is that the healthier you are, the quicker you heal. Good cardiovascular health helps provide healing nutrition to areas of injury, and strong muscle tone fortifies your body against injury to begin with.
Severity of injuries can go from mild to wild. Muscle soreness that occurs a few days after a workout is a mild form, a vertebrae in the spine that is pushed out of position can be very serious. Our chiropractor in Tulsa can assess which end of the spectrum your pain falls into, and the number of visits to correct the problem will depend upon this assessment.
Chronic Pain that has been nagging at you for six months can obviously take a while to correct. An injury from six months ago will have already formed scar tissue in the healing phase, and if not exercised properly, that scar tissue can be restricting movement and will require quite a bit of chiropractic treatment to "break up". Newer injures usually heal within the standard 6-8 weeks for muscle tissue, and 12 weeks for ligaments and tendons. However, severity of the injury can require more treatment.
At Cole Chiropractic Clinic, Dr. Cole will develop a treatment plan to address all of the above criteria for your individual situation. The number of chiropractic visits required will be based on his 25+ years of experience in treating muscle and skeletal injuries in patients just like you. And, if you heal faster or slower than what he is expecting, the treatment plan will be adjusted as we go along.
We do offer one more kind of chiropractic care in our clinic, and that is what we call wellness care. Wellness care is when you get an adjustment at an interval that seems to work for you as prevention for potential problems, and relief for small problems associated with stress, tension or overworking that aren't an injury per se, but still require a restorative adjustment. Our clinic has quite a following for this type of treatment, and the intervals are typically once a month, but some patients prefer to come more frequently.